Dane Paterson continued his remarkable run of form with the ball and Stiaan Van Zyl rediscovered his touch with the bat as the Cape Cobras once again showed their powers of recovery on day two of the Sunfoil Series match against the Dolphins at Newlands. Paterson’s second consecutive five-wicket haul ensured that the Dolphins lost their last six wickets for the addition of just 14 runs, ending their innings on 270 to give them a first-innings lead of 114. The fast bowler claimed four of the last six wickets to finish with figures of 5/60, and now has 18 wickets in his last five innings in the competition.
In contrast to that, Van Zyl has undergone something of a lean spell since the start of the year when he began his attempts to convert to an opening batsman, but finally found form with a century that carried the Nashua Cape Cobras to 196/3. Van Zyl was run out for 107 in the penultimate over the day, sending the Cobras to stumps with a lead of 82 with seven second-innings wickets intact. Such a sense of parity seemed a long way away for the hosts when the Dolphins resumed on 158/2, already leading by two runs, but they did have the memory of an equally strong second-day comeback in their game against the Titans last week.
Khaya Zondo and Daryn Smit departed in the opening hour of the day, but the visitors were still on track for a sizeable lead as Morne Van Wyk (49) and Cody Chetty (47) put on 71 for the fifth wicket to extend the lead to exactly 100. Then Van Wyk fell to Paterson and Chetty was trapped lbw by Rory Kleinveldt (3/30) in the next over, opening up the tail for Paterson to run riot and change the course of the game. The Cobras batsmen still had much work to do to atone for their first-innings failures, but Van Zyl put on 67 for the first wicket with Richard Levi (41 from 38 balls), then added 109 for the second wicket with Omphile Ramela (34).
The left-hander went to his 17th first-class hundred in 150 balls, but a misjudgement soon after brought about his demise. Nightwatchman Mthokozisi Shezi accompanied Andrew Puttick (six not out) to the close.